All you need to know about Serena-Safarova final
Serena Williams plays Lucie Safarova in the French Open final on Saturday and the odds, on paper and also by the statistics, are hugely in the American's favour.
Here’s what you need to know about the women finalists of the French Open 2015.
If she wins Williams will:
- record her 20th Grand Slam victory and third at Roland Garros. The Open-era record since 1968 is 22 held by Steffi Graf and the all-time record is 24 held by Margaret Court.
- stand halfway to the calendar-year Grand Slam, having won the Australian Open in January. Only three other women have won all four Grand Slam titles in the same year - Maureen Connolly 1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988)
- extend her margin as the oldest woman to have won the French Open title in the Open-era. She already set that two years ago when she won at 31.
- make it three Grand Slam wins in a row, having won he US Open to close last year. The last player to pull off that treble was Monica Seles in 1991-92
If she wins Safarova will:
- win her first Grand Slam title in her first final at the age of 28. This is the 40th time she has played in a Grand Slam tournament.
- be the first Czech woman to win the women's titles at Roland Garros since Hana Mandlikova in 1991. Compatriot Petra Kvitova won Wimbledon last year.
- be the lowest ranking seed at 13 to win the French Open title since Francesca Schiavone, who was ranked 17th when she won in 2010.
- be the 11th left-hander to win the women's singles at Roland Garros, the last being Monica Seles in 1992.
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